Log In

Gertrude Himmelfarb Edit Profile

professor of history and author

Gertrude Himmelfarb, American writer, educator. Recipient Rockefeller Foundation award, 1962-1963, 63-64, 80-81, National Humanities Presidential medal, 2004; Guggenheim fellow, 1955-1956, 57-58; senior fellow National Endowment of the Humanities, 1968-1969; American Council Learned Societies fellow, 1972-1973; Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, 1972-1973; Woodrow Wilson Center fellow, 1976-1977.


Himmelfarb, Gertrude was born on August 8, 1922 in New York City. Daughter of Max and Bertha (Lerner) Himmelfarb.


Bachelor, Brooklyn College, 1942. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1944. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1950.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Rhode Island College, 1976. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kenyon College, 1985. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Adelphi University, 1989.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Boston University, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Yale University, 1990. Little D. (honorary), Smith College, 1977.

Little D. (honorary), Lafayette College, 1978. Little D. (honorary), Jewish Theological Seminary, 1978. Little D. (honorary), Williams College, 1989.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Union College, 1989.


Professor, of History, Graduate School, City University New York 1965-1988, Professor Emeritus since 1988. Fellow, American Philosophical Society, American Academy, of Arts and Sciences, Royal Historical Society, etc. Many public and professional appointments.

Rockefeller Foundation Aw'ard 1962-1963. Guggenheim Fellow 1955-1956, 1957-1958. Honorary L.H.D. (R.I. College) 1976, (Kenyon College) 1985.

Honorary Litt.D. (Smith College) 1977, Lafayette College.



Trustee National Humanities Center. Board Woodrow Wilson International Center, British Institute of the United States, Institute Contemporary Studies. Member of council scholars Library of Congress.

Member of council academic advisors American Enterprise Institute. Associate scholar Ethics and Public Policy Center. Fellow British Academy, American Philosophical Society, Royal History Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Society American Historians.

Member American History Association, Conference on British Studies. F C.


Married Irving Kristol, January 18, 1942. Children– William, Elizabeth.

Max Himmelfarb

Bertha (Lerner) Himmelfarb

Irving Kristol

William Himmelfarb

Elizabeth Himmelfarb